A change of heart?
When the Nazis were losing the war, he voiced a defeatist view and got sent to a concentration camp, from which Hitler himself released him. Forced into early retirement by the Fuhrer, Ziegler’s art career never restarted. He was blacklisted like some of the German artists he had judged. Skilled artist or not, it is impossible to separate the artist from his art and his Nazi collaboration. Remember his decisions and mission to purify German art caused a lot of suffering and death.
Was he responsible?
Ziegler and many other Nazi artists and officials had blood on their hands. This purification program sent many artists to concentration camps. Several other artists got swept up in Nazi nationalism. Some of the artists Ziegler and the Nazi officials selected never became card-carrying members of the party. Because their art was viewed favourably by Ziegler and the Nazis, their careers took a hit after the war. It was guilt by association.
The suicide of Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, a member of the Nazi Party himself, committed suicide caused directly or indirectly by having his works shown as examples of degenerate art in Munich. Kirchner had suffered tremendously after the First World War and had been in and out of sanitariums. This blow was one of the final straws.
Know your artists and art history
One should look at the pictures and know a little about the artist who created them. In my opinion, these works do not deserve much attention at all, for they represent a group of people who committed genocide and represent a close-mindedness about art and creativity. The art of this period should only stand as an example of injustice and evil.
One needs to ask oneself, how many artists were killed because they didn’t fit into the German ideals?